Why your IT team needs to be involved during a merger
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Is your company buying another business or, perhaps, being acquired by another organization? To avoid expensive mistakes and lengthy delays, make sure that the IT departments are communicating with each other during this process (and as soon as possible). When you buy another company it's essential to remember that you’re buying the whole business. From the buildings and the employees, to the intellectual property and brand, along with any debts and public opinions about that company. To put it simply, you’re buying the way this organization does business. You’re also buying the IT that comes along with it. If you don’t know what that is, how it works, how it’s controlled or how much it costs, you could end up with some expensive problems. Buying a company with badly run IT can cost you money. Here are some key things to note before diving in:
- How old are the desktops and laptops and servers you’ll be taking over?
- Are they still running supported operating systems?
- What email system do they use?
- What desktop software will you need to support, and is it correctly licenced?
- How much of that software do you have expertise in?
- Are there maintenance contracts for the hardware and software assurance or support contracts for the operating systems and applications?